Rocket Science

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Overview

Jeffrey Blitz's seriocomedy Rocket Science proves that many a handicap can be overcome, no matter how daunting the obstacle at hand may initially seem. Newcomer Reece Thompson plays Hal Hefner, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating and painful disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route -- he joins the school debating team, which sends him on a headfirst plunge into breakneck speech competitions -- and offers a ...
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Overview

Jeffrey Blitz's seriocomedy Rocket Science proves that many a handicap can be overcome, no matter how daunting the obstacle at hand may initially seem. Newcomer Reece Thompson plays Hal Hefner, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating and painful disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route -- he joins the school debating team, which sends him on a headfirst plunge into breakneck speech competitions -- and offers a much-needed boost toward correcting the problem. Blitz, like his onscreen alter ego, struggled with a stammer as a young man -- a disability he eventually surmounted -- which imparted him with a lifelong interest in speech and storytelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • UPC: 883316791448
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,782

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reece Daniel Thompson Hal Hafner
Anna Kendrick Ginny Ryerson
Nicholas D'Agosto Ben Wekselbaum
Vincent Piazza Earl Hefner
Margo Martindale Coach Lumbly
Aaron Yoo Heston
Josh Kay Lewis Garrles
Stephen Park Judge Pete
Maury Ginsberg Mr Lewinsky
Utkarsh Ambudkar Tam
Denis O'Hare Doyle Hefner
Lisbeth Bartlett Juliet Hefner
Candace Burr Scholz Townsend Prep Debater
Virginia Frank English Teacher
Marilyn Yoblick Plainsboro Lunch Lady
Emily Ginnona Honoria
Dionne Audain Abraham Lincoln
Dan DeLuca Stephen Douglas
Michael Kusnir Flemming
John Patrick Barry Gym Teacher
Jane Beard Fern Garrles
Herb Merrick Lewis' Dad
Carol Florence Connie Ryerson
Jonah Hill Junior Philosopher
Betsy Hogg Harnish-Steinberg, Crystal
Brandon Thane Wilson Philip
Zack Arrington Plainsboro Debate Team Member
Jaime Chicas Plainsboro Debate Team Member
Katrina Hargrave Plainsboro Debate Team Member
Erin Loube Plainsboro Debate Team Member
Natasha Sattler Plainsboro Debate Team Member
Will Shaw Plainsboro Debate Team Member
Jeffrey Wei Plainsboro Debate Team Member
David de Boy Ryerson, Frank
Andrew Collie Hazlet Timer
Huong Huyah Lewinsky's Girlfriend
Katherine Ross Wolfe Glen Rock Debater
Susan "Tootsie" Duvall Hazlet Lunch Lady
Elisabeth Noone Hazlet Coach
Noah Mazaika Trophy Presenter 1
Will Parquette Trophy Presenter 2
Tara Richter-Smith Babysitter
Judy Jean Berns Townsend Prep Receptionist
Jeanette Brox Townsend Prep Bad Girl
Roland Branford Gomez Luis
Lee Sellars New Jersey Debate Official
Joel Garland Pizza Server
Dan Cashman Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jeffrey Blitz Director, Screenwriter
Eef Barzelay Score Composer
Rick Butler Production Designer
Halina Gebarowicz Art Director
Yana Gorskaya Editor
Candi Guterres Production Designer
Van A. Hayden Asst. Director
Ken Ishii Sound/Sound Designer
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Lessall Casting
Ernesto Martinez Costumes/Costume Designer
David Thompson Camera Operator
Sean Welch Producer
Jo Willems Cinematographer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Inspiring despite the setback :O)

    A kid is manipulated by a dream girl into joining the debate team, which opens up the world of high school debate as well as the infatuation of a first love. It's an intelligent and fresh look at the geek side of high school and the will to overcome handicaps to succeed. What sets this apart from other teen comedy is the intelligence of the script and meaning woven into the story.

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